Young drivers poll: North West

Twenty-six per cent of young drivers in the North West admit to breaking the law during their first few years on the road, according to a poll by Vision Critical and road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists has called for the current driving test to be reviewed, and that it's failing the next generation of drivers. Paul Crone has this report.

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Learning to drive is 'an on-going process'

New research shows nearly a quarter of young drivers in the north west have admitted to crashing their car after passing their test.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists says younger people simply don't feel prepared for driving on their own.

The Institute says the current system is failing the next generation of motorists, and is calling for a serious review.

Chris Hudson is an Approved Driving Instructor:

After passing their test 22% of young drivers crash

Nearly a quarter of young drivers in the North West have admitted to crashing their car after passing their test, according to research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The report indicates that over a quarter of drivers aged 18-25 had broken the law during their first few years on the road.

Despite spending many weeks learning to pass their test, the majority of younger drivers in the North West feel that they need to improve.

Research from the IAM shows that:

  • One fifth of people killed or seriously injured in a UK road accidnet during 2012 were involved in a collision with a young driver
  • 22% of all accidents involved young drivers
  • Nearly a quarter of all car drivers who died in 2012 were young drivers

"This survey shows that younger drivers simply don't feel adequately prepared for independent driving. The current learning system is failing the next generation of motorists and there needs to be serious review. Early experience of a wide range of traffic conditions is vital but so is dealing with negative attitudes. This can be done most effectively through peer group discussions rather than just relying on stricter controls and curfews."

– Simon Best, Cheif Executive, Institute of Advanced Motorists
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